1979 AFC Night Series

The 1979 Australian Football Championships Night Series was the 1st edition of the AFC Night Series, a VFL-organised national club Australian rules football tournament between the leading clubs from the VFL, the WANFL and State Representative Teams.[1]

1979 AFC Night Series
AFC Escort Championships
Tournament details
Dates2 March – 3 July 1979
Teams23
Venue(s)7 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsCollingwood (1st title)
Runners-upHawthorn
Tournament statistics
Matches played22
Attendance156,625 (7,119 per match)
1980 →

In June 1978 the VFL announced their plans to form a new company to oversee a night series that would be broadcast nationally and Australian Football Championships Pty. Ltd. was incorporated on 28 July 1978 to run a rival national night competition, in opposition to the NFL Night Series. By October 1978, The VFL were joined by the WAFL, TANFL, NSWAFL and ACTAFL in the joint venture and transferred from NFL Night Series to the AFC Night Series. However, the SANFL rejected the VFL's overtures, choosing to remain aligned with the NFL instead. They were joined by the VFA and QAFL in a greatly-reduced NFL Series.

Qualified TeamsEdit

Team Nickname League Qualification Participation (bold indicates winners)1
Enter in Round 2
Hawthorn Hawks VFL Winners of the 1978 Victorian Football League 3rd (Previous: 1971, 1976)
North Melbourne Kangaroos VFL Runners-up in the 1978 Victorian Football League 3rd (Previous: 1975, 1976)
Collingwood Magpies VFL Third place in the 1978 Victorian Football League 3rd (Previous: 1896, 1910)
Carlton Blues VFL Fourth place in the 1978 Victorian Football League 8th (Previous: 1907, 1908, 1914, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1976)
Geelong Cats VFL Fifth place in the 1978 Victorian Football League 1st
East Perth Royals WANFL Winners of the 1978 Western Australian National Football League 3rd (Previous: 1972, 1977, 1978)
Perth Demons WANFL Runners-up in the 1978 Western Australian National Football League 3rd (Previous: 1977, 1978)
South Fremantle Bulldogs WANFL Third place in the 1978 Western Australian National Football League 3rd (Previous: 1976, 1977)
Australian Capital Territory Rams ACTAFL State Representative Team 3rd (Previous: 1977, 1978)
Enter in Round 1
St Kilda Saints VFL Sixth place in the 1978 Victorian Football League 1st
Richmond Tigers VFL Seventh place in the 1978 Victorian Football League 5th (Previous: 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976)
South Melbourne Swans VFL Eighth place in the 1978 Victorian Football League 4th (Previous: 1888, 1890, 1909)
Fitzroy Lions VFL Ninth place in the 1978 Victorian Football League 2nd (Previous: 1913)
Essendon Bombers VFL Tenth place in the 1978 Victorian Football League 3rd (Previous: 1893, 1911)
Footscray Bulldogs VFL Eleventh Place in the 1978 Victorian Football League 2nd (Previous: 1976)
Melbourne Demons VFL Twelfth Place in the 1978 Victorian Football League 1st
West Perth Falcons WANFL Fourth place in the 1978 Western Australian National Football League 5th (Previous: 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978)
Claremont Tigers WANFL Fifth place in the 1978 Western Australian National Football League 2nd (Previous: 1977)
East Fremantle Sharks WANFL Sixth place in the 1978 Western Australian National Football League 4th (Previous: 1974, 1977, 1978)
Subiaco Lions WANFL Seventh place 1978 Western Australian National Football League 2nd (Previous: 1973)
Swan Districts Swans WANFL Eighth place in the 1978 Western Australian National Football League 2nd (Previous: 1976)
New South Wales Blues NSWAFL State Representative Team 3rd (Previous: 1977, 1978)
Tasmania Devils TANFL State Representative Team 4th (Previous: 1974, 1977, 1978)
1 Includes previous appearances in the Championship of Australia and NFL Night Series.

VenuesEdit

Melbourne Perth Sydney Hobart Canberra
Waverley Park Perth Oval Subiaco Oval Leederville Oval Sydney Showground North Hobart Oval Phillip Oval
Capacity: 72,000 Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 53,000 Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 26,000 Capacity: 15,000
         

Knockout stageEdit

Round 1Edit

Round 2Edit

Quarter-finalsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

Australian Football Championships Night Series FinalEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ David Eastman. "1979 AFC Escort Championships".